Only Republican on my block no longer?

One of my neighbors is very active in Democratic politics and whenever we get a new neighbor, he always checks their party affiliation against voter registration. He’s delighted for the past few years in pointing to anyone who would listen that I’m the only Republican on my block.

We just had some renters move in who we haven’t had an opportunity to meet, it being winter and all, but one of them has a “Castle for Congress” bumper sticker on their car.

I pointed that out to my neighbor and said, “Maybe I’m not longer alone on the block.”

“Looks like it.”

“Of course, it is a Castle sticker, which might argue against the owner of the car being a Republican.”

“True.” And he perked up a bit.

So, time will tell.

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Conservatives Really Are More Compassionate

Townhall.com::Conservatives Really Are More Compassionate::By George Will

— Although liberal families’ incomes average 6 percent higher than those of conservative families, conservative-headed households give, on average, 30 percent more to charity than the average liberal-headed household ($1,600 per year vs. $1,227).

— Conservatives also donate more time and give more blood.

— Residents of the states that voted for John Kerry in 2004 gave smaller percentages of their incomes to charity than did residents of states that voted for George Bush.

— Bush carried 24 of the 25 states where charitable giving was above average.

— In the 10 reddest states, in which Bush got more than 60 percent majorities, the average percentage of personal income donated to charity was 3.5. Residents of the bluest states, which gave Bush less than 40 percent, donated just 1.9 percent.

— People who reject the idea that “government has a responsibility to reduce income inequality” give an average of four times more than people who accept that proposition.

So, liberals are compassionate, just with other people’s money. How that’s not just stealing has never been explained, though.

(Read my review of the Who Really Cares?, the source of much of Will’s information.)

Quote of the Day

“It is an unquestionable truth, that the body of the people in every country desire sincerely its prosperity. But it is equally unquestionable that they do not possess the discernment and stability necessary for systematic government. To deny that they are frequently led into the grossest of errors, by misinformation and passion, would be a flattery which their own good sense must despise.”

— Alexander Hamilton (speech to the Ratifying Convention of New York, June 1788)

Reference: The Works of Alexander Hamilton, Henry Cabot Lodge, ed., II, 42.

Quote of the Day

“It is an unquestionable truth, that the body of the people in every country desire sincerely its prosperity. But it is equally unquestionable that they do not possess the discernment and stability necessary for systematic government. To deny that they are frequently led into the grossest of errors, by misinformation and passion, would be a flattery which their own good sense must despise.”

— Alexander Hamilton (speech to the Ratifying Convention of New York, June 1788)

Reference: The Works of Alexander Hamilton, Henry Cabot Lodge, ed., II, 42.